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Liberty upsets Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Clemson guard Aliyah Collier attempts a shot while South Dakota guard Chloe Lamb tries to block during a first round women's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Starkville Miss. Friday Fun's over: Mississippi St expects tough game vs. Clemson
Sidney Guerrero | 25 Марта, 2019, 14:43

It's the first NCAA Tournament win for Liberty in program history. This year's team had more respect and a higher seeding - and the Flames capitalized on the opportunity.

Liberty will next get the victor of Friday night's game between No. 4 Virginia Tech and No. 13 Saint Louis.

On the second day of the first round, Pac-12 tournament champion OR dominated No. 5 Wisconsin, 72-54, and the Liberty Flames won the first tournament game in program history in a thriller.

Earlier in the day, we saw No. 13 UC Irvine take down No. 4 Kansas State. He's had spurts, " coach Ritchie McKay said. "When he starts to feel good about his shot, he's such a unsafe offensive player".

Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Reggie Perry (1) rebounds the ball over Liberty Flames forward Scottie James (31) during the first half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at SAP Center. Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon sunk 27 points on 6-of-12 shooting and a 13-of-16 mark from the line.

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He started by getting fouled on a three-pointer and hitting all three free throws to cut the lead to 63-56.

Iowa 79, Cincinnati 72: Luka Garza scored 20 points, Jordan Bohannon made a three-point play during Iowa's closing surge as the 10th-seeded Hawkeyes rallied past No. 7 seed Cincinnati in the first round. After cutting the deficit to a single point with a three-pointer and a dunk, Liberty's Caleb Homesley capped a personal 8-0 run and gave Liberty the lead with a deep three over two defenders.

After three free throws from the Bulldogs, Cabbil's 3 provided the final lead change of the night. "Even when we got down by 10, everyone was still yelling, 'We can get back into this.' Down the end we were able to get some critical stops, a couple of charges, some big-time 3s". Lovell Cabbil Jr. also had a big night, chipping in 18 points including the 3-pointer that put Liberty ahead for good with 1:21 remaining.

The Bulldogs led 37-35 at halftime. Mississippi State went to the semifinals of the NIT last year and made the tournament for the first time since 2009 this year.

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